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Exploratory Laparotomy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Exploratory Laparotomy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a laparotomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to organs
  • Hernia formation
  • Large scars
  • Reaction to the anesthesia

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Heart or lung disease
  • Weak immune system
  • Blood disorders
  • Taking certain medicines
  • Smoking, alcohol abuse, or drug use

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever or chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
  • Increasing pain or pain that does not go away
  • Your abdomen becomes swollen or hard to the touch
  • Diarrhea or constipation that lasts more than 3 days
  • Bright red or dark black stools
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Pain or difficulty with urination
  • Swelling, redness, or pain in your leg

In case of an emergency, call 911.


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Posted 10 years ago

I was diagnosed with having tubal lesions and fibroids in my uterus about 29 years ago. First I had a laparotomy and six months after, I got pregnant. My two prenancies were delivered through CS but I lost the first boy. The second boy is now 25 years and ever since I have not gotten pregnant even for a day.

Am afraid at 55 years, I still have very heavy menstration period with clots and no sign that it will stop soon. What could have been the cause of the problem because each time I notice my lower abdomen is very hard. Please any help??

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